St. Valentine’s Day Massacre    



 


On February 14, 1929, Capone ordered the murder of George Bugs Moran the
leader of a rival bootlegging operation.

The hit was orchestrated by one of Capone’s top as- sociates, Jack Machine
Gun McGurn. McGurn put together an assassination squad comprised of several out-of-towners. He had a bootlegger, Fred Burke, lure the Moran gang to a garage

to buy some very good whiskey at an extremely attractive price. The other members
of the squad, two were dressed in stolen police uniforms and two wearing trench
coats, entered the garage as though it were a raid. The bootleggers, assuming it

was a raid; dropped their weapons, lined up against the wall, and awaited further
instructions. The crew opened fire on the seven men killing all of them.

To further perpetuate this charade, the two "policemen" in trench coats put up their

hands and marched out of the garage in front of the two uniformed policemen.
Anyone who watched this show believed that two bootleg- gers in trench coats
had been arrested by two policemen. The four assassins left in the stolen police car.

Unfortunately for Capone, Bugs Moran was not one of the men murdered. Moran,

running late to the meeting at the garage, spotted the approaching police car and
avoided the scene; not wanting to get caught in what he assumed was a raid.

Although he was never charged, Capone was credited with what would be deemed

one of the most famous mass murders in American history, the...
St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
  
                                               

         

                      

On lookers watch as authorities remove the bodies of the seven men from the garage
                   
Victims of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Pic- tured left to right; Bugs Moran (the head of the gang and intended victim), Frank Gusenberg, Dr. Schwimmer, James Clark, Albert Weinshank, John May, Adam Heyer, Pete Gusenberg.